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Daily Schedule Changes Using Microsoft Outlook Can Be Quick, Easy

August 31, 2000|JEFF LEVY

Q I use Microsoft Outlook to manage my day-to-day schedule. Because of the nature of my business, appointments frequently get moved to a different date or time. Each time an appointment changes, I have to open that appointment and manually enter the new date, time or duration of the new appointment. Is there an easier way to make these changes?

--Harry R., San Clemente

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A To quickly change the date of an existing event, click on and drag the event from the Day view to the Date Navigator (the calendar that appears in the top right area of your Outlook Window). Drop the event on the new date. The Date Navigator displays two months at a time, and you can move forward through successive months by clicking on the arrow to the right of the second month displayed. To make quick changes to the time of an event, click on and drag the event to the new time. To change the duration of an event, place your cursor on the top or bottom edge of the event, and when the cursor changes to a double-pointed arrow, click or drag up or down.

Upgrading Printer

Q I have an HP Laser Jet IIP printer. When I try printing large documents or documents with even minimal graphics the printer slows down to a crawl and often breaks up a single page into several pages. Do I need to buy a newer, faster printer?

--Jay G., Tehachapi

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A Your HP Laser Jet IIP printer has 512KB of RAM. It also has a single internal slot for adding more RAM. You can add a single 4MB RAM card for about $45. This brings the total amount of RAM on your printer to 4.5MB. Pages will print faster and you'll be able to print simple graphics. Upgrading RAM is the least expensive way to upgrade performance on older printers. Take a look at http://www.crucial.com for RAM upgrade information on any printer.

Control Panel Icons

Q When I open Control Panel in Windows I am presented with a large number of icons. The number seems to vary from computer to computer. I am familiar with some of the icons in Control Panel and yet there are several I haven't seen before. Is there some way to produce a list of what these icons do when I double-click on them?

--Dennis D., Beverly Hills

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A The list you are looking for can be found in what Microsoft calls a "details" view of the control panel. Double-click on My Computer and then on Control Panel. Click on View on the menu bar at the top of the Control Panel window. Now select Details. Windows will display your Control Panel icons in a list format with the details appearing across from each icon. Don't look for a great deal of depth here. It's just a list. The list will provide you with information about what each icon does.

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Jeff Levy hosts the "On Computers" radio talk show from 9 a.m. to noon Sundays on KFI-AM (640). He can be reached at jefflevykfi@hotmail.com.

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